Wicked Saints
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Wicked Saints reviewed on BlueRailroad.com
January 4, 2014
by Paul Zollo

Haunting, brave and beautiful. A really wonderful album, beautifully crafted and inspired, soulful songs with compelling, inventive production throughout. Produced by Paul McCarty with Brad Swanson, it sounds as great as it feels, and it feels good: deep, dimensional tracks that a listener can fall into and swim for hours. Wicked Saints is a great folk rock band led by Paul McCarty, and with great musicians like the legendary Chad Watson (bass, trombone, mandolin), Robert Thomas (keys), Brent Michelle (harmony) and David Vidal on slide and cigar box guitar. This is passionate stuff. Lyrical, hopeful, mysterious. It all starts with ghostly but spirited whistling which leads to a martial beat under the remarkable song “Hello,” which is all exultant faith, the kind of song that gives you a reason to believe that humans can cross the vast emotional gulfs between us. With a lovely counterpoint of voices, robust guitars and a great groove, this is essential. The title song also boasts a driving groove – a very cool, jaunty beat, in fact – and a passionate melody built around a plea to honor the artists in us – the voice that creates the songs we sing even before we fully comprehend the meaning, the spark of creation. “River of Fire,” co-written with Raspin Stuwart, is a charged and mythic journey which soars on wings of accordion, mandolin and rich harmonies; wings that can get easily singed: none of this is without risk or danger. As the name of the group indicates, it’s about the journey of being human, which always contains contradictions. Whether holy sinners or wicked saints, all humans contain multitudes, and these songs contain that understanding. And also the wisdom to laugh at the folly of the human condition. This is a happy discovery, this album and this great band. Paul McCarty is plugged into the source, and these songs sing with great truth, joy, mystery and passion. A record for the ages.

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  • Members:
    Paul McCarty, Chad Watson, John Gannon, Bobby Thomas
  • Sounds Like:
    Tom Petty, Neil Young, folk-rock with country, bluegrass, reggae and blues influences.
  • Influences:
    Ryan Adams, The Band, Neil Young, Tom Petty
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